Observer Research Foundation

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Coordinates: 28°37′50″N 77°14′15″E / 28.630643°N 77.237465°E / 28.630643; 77.237465

Observer Research Foundation
Formation September 5, 1990; 26 years ago (1990-09-05)
Type Public Policy Think Tank
Headquarters 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 002
Sunjoy Joshi

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an independent think tank based in India.[1] It began as a platform providing non-partisan research, where policymakers, journalists, civil society actors and academicians could come together to build pragmatic solutions in the liberal era.[2] The foundation’s strong faculty has only risen with three centres coming up in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.[3] ORF was founded by the Ambani family [4] and is currently endowed by Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Group.[5]

ORF started out with an approach towards dealing with internal issues of the economy in the wake of the 1990s reforms. However, today its mandate extends to security and strategy, governance, environment, energy and resources, economic and development.[6] ORF has wide ranging objectives pertaining to the aid and formulation of government policies; enabling representation of a broad section of opinions from all walks of life to strengthen India’s democracy; providing a coherent, well-thought out policy formulations and recommendations to improve governance; improving economic development and consequently bettering the quality of life for Indian citizens and giving directions to India’s foreign policy objectives.[7]

ORF has been ranked as the highest think tank in India, according to the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, 2017. It ranked 64th in the category of ‘Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks’ category.[8] It also finished 5th, ranking among the top 10 think tanks among the think tanks in in China, India, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.[9]

Above-all, it is an organisation that aims to encourage voices from all corners of the world. Recently, ORF in collaboration with MEA organised its second edition of Raisina Dialogue from 19th to 21 January 2017, which is India’s premier foreign policy dialogue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the inaugural address for the conference, which saw coming together of former PMs of Australia and Canada apart from ex-Afghan President Hamid Karzai.[10]


ORF provides informed and viable inputs for policy and decision-makers in the Indian Government and to the political and business leadership of India. For this, the Foundation has established six centres to consolidate and shape its many activities and programs. These are the:

  • Centre for International Relations[11]
  • Cyber and Media Initiative[12]
  • Institute of Security Studies[13]
  • Centre for Resources Management[14]
  • Centre for Politics and Governance[15]
  • Centre for Economy and Development[16]

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  1. ^ "About US". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  2. ^ "India's most influential think-tanks". 2015-08-16. Retrieved 2017-02-24.  External link in |newspaper= (help)
  3. ^ "Leading Education Portal in India - Education news, Institute Ranking & Reviews, Education Jobs, Products, Resources & Services :: Education World.". Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  4. ^ "India's top think tanks". Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Capitalism: A Ghost Story". Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  6. ^ "The remarkable rise of India's think tanks". Global Government Forum. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  7. ^ "Leading Education Portal in India - Education news, Institute Ranking & Reviews, Education Jobs, Products, Resources & Services :: Education World.". Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  8. ^ "2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report". Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  9. ^ "2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report". Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  10. ^ "Observer Research Foundation emerges top Indian think tank in Asia category". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  11. ^ "Centre for International Relations". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  12. ^ "ORF CYBER MONITOR ARCHIVE". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Institute of Security Studies". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  14. ^ "Centre for Resources Management". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  15. ^ "Centre for Politics and Governance". Retrieved 2016-06-15. 
  16. ^ "Centre for Economy and Developmen". Retrieved 2016-06-15.